The collective, founded in 2005, is working on redesigning the use of materials in architecture and construction. It is often said that the great task of architecture in future is no longer in new construction, but in rebuilding and continuing construction. But what exactly does that mean and what consequences would this analysis have for the architectural discipline? No one has tested it so broadly and intensively in recent years as Rotor. As the name implies, it’s about cycles, specifically material cycles. Together with a lawyer they have developed a “Vademecum for the reuse of building materials”. The guide combines a close examination of the legal framework with the practical experience that Rotor has gained over the years in the recycling of components.
Antonas is considered internationally to be one of the most intellectually experienced players in the current debate on culture-critical theory development in today’s fragile Europe.
A major challenge in current discussions about architecture and cities is critical confrontation with the increasingly stronger neo-liberal occupation mechanisms in Europe. Aristide Antonas, Greek Architect and Philosopher, was one of the first people to examine this complex situation actively and ask about the potential, for instance by focusing on specific issues of social housing or the privatisation of public spaces in Greece.
“Bruther”, established in Paris in 2007 by Stephanie Bru and Alexandre Thériot, has been doing exemplary work and represents a new approach amongst young architects in Europe to reigniting the legacy of the post-war European “welfare state”.
In Paris, as in many other large cities, young families, immigrants and students are increasingly being pushed further out into the suburbs. This is not solely attributable to the lack of affordable housing, but also to the shortfalls in public spending. City councils are struggling to fund the public services that were prevalent in the 1950’s and 60’s.
With their projects, many of which are designs for affordable housing with few minimum requirements, the two French designers have conquered new territory in the field of architectural design and redefined the notion of architecture as a collective good.
With their comprehensive body of work Inge Vinck, Jan De Vylder and Jo Taillieu have challenged assumed wisdom about architecture in a short period of time. Their architecture challenges the expectations of the observers, the way we see buildings and the reinterpretation of materials. The incomplete nature of their buildings is the result of a process that aims to remain open to improvisation as long as possible.
In times of intense urban restructuring and the search for economical residential building concepts André Kempe and Oliver Thill produce rigourous, single-minded and innovatively poetic, functional and beautiful buildings. With restrained architectural expression they create the antithesis of highly individualised architecture and demonstrate their interest in the questions that face society with every project.